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"Did you miss me? I know I've missed you," confesses Gossip Girl in the trailer for the reboot, launching this July on HBO Max.
After a nine year hiatus the show about a socially exclusive group of spoiled Upper East Side teenagers returns, and its creators have promised this new set of characters will be more diverse and representative of actual New York this time around.
"When I look back on Gossip Girl, the only things I regret were not as much representation for people of color and gay story lines," executive producer Joshua Safran told Vulture. "Those are the two things I think we probably could have delved into more deeply."
Ahead of the series launch, we throw back to the original six original Gossip Girl stars to find out what they've been up to since the show came off air…
Blake Lively's actor dad Ernie dies with famous daughter and wife by his side
One part of the ultimate couple goals pairing with husband Ryan Reynolds ever since they married in 2012, the former Serena van der Woodsen actor is bonafide Hollywood royalty these days.
Ryan and Blake's online chemistry is as entertaining as the couple's movies: they have a joke where they constantly crop each other out of social media photos and playfully mock one another online.
"We're people that don't take ourselves too seriously," Ryan recently told the Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist podcast. "The only people I really love to make fun of is us."
In front of the camera, Blake has worked consistently since Gossip Girl. The Age Of Adaline gave her a critically-acclaimed leading role in 2015 as a 29-year-old who hasn't aged in 80 years, and she had a significant part in Oliver Stone's 2012 flick Savages, but many of her more recent films haven't particularly taken off.
She recently headed up The Rhythm Section opposite Jude Law, playing a musician who self destructs after her family are tragically killed, but it failed to warm up critics and audiences, and flopped at the box office, taking just $2.8 million over its opening weekend in the States.
Serena's frenemy Blair Waldorf was played by Leighton Meester, who has just announced her return to movies in Netflix's The Weekend Away. It's an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Sarah Alderson, about a woman accused of killing her best friend.
Leighton married actor Adam Brody in 2014, who she starred opposite in a rom-com called The Oranges, which got a mediocre reception, and the couple now have two children together.
Other movies behind her since Gossip Girl have had moderate success. They include Life Partners, and LGBTQ romance, which was a hit with audiences but failed to ignite at the box office, and Semper Fi, a thriller about a cop in the Marine Corps Reserve.
Taylor played middle class outsider Jenny Humphrey in the series. Based in Brooklyn she clashed with the posh girls from Manhattan. Since the show wrapped, she has been focusing on music with her rock band The Pretty Reckless.
She first performed with the band during her Gossip Girl days back in 2009, and they are still together and currently recording. Their latest track, Only Love Can Save Me Now, is a collaboration with members of the bands Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.
"Leaving everything else behind and solely focusing on music was the best decision I ever made, so in the grand scheme of things, no regrets," she said in a recent interview with NYLON.
The Pretty Reckless have four studio albums, the fourth of which was released earlier this year.
Chased played Nate Archibald, the conventionally hot floppy-haired Upper East Sider who was on again, off again with Serena on the show.
Chase is still best known for playing heartthrob Nate, but he has also worked consistency since the show ended. He starred in alternative superhero TV series The Boys, about a load of bent superheroes swapping philanthropy for hedonism, and in 2020 thriller The Inheritance opposite Simon Pegg and Lily Collins.
Reflecting on Gossip Girl in a recent interview with The Independent, Chase admitted he switched off when it came to the way he engaged with the show. "[I] had no idea what was going on in any other storyline, because I just didn’t care," he said.
Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick admits latest movie role was a 'nice change' from playing 'brooding' Chuck Bass
British actor Ed Westwick put on a convincing New York accent for his role as Chuck Bass, a darker character in the show, who, looking back, critics say was glamorising misogyny.
An article on Refinery 29 entitled 'we need to talk about sexual assault on Gossip Girl had this to say about a scene where Chuck exploits drunken women on the show: "Showing sexual assault as a real risk in teenage girls' lives is very different from glossing it over as just something that happens at a party, only to be forgotten the second it's convenient for that character's arc."
Ed has been in the news a fair bit since the show wrapped. Work-wise, he's made some higher profile films, including rom-com Chalet Girl, opposite Felicity Jones, and 2007's family comedy, Son of Ranbow.
Under lockdown he's been promoting new 2020 Second World War drama Enemy Lines.
In 2018, the actor was accused of rape by two women, and sexual assault by another, but he didn't face charges as the courts deemed there to be insufficient evidence.
Speaking of a return to Gossip Girl, the actor told The Hollywood News last year: "Absolutely I would, but I don’t know that they want us."
Penn, who played bookish Dan Humphrey in the series. Since the show he has also made a success with the TV series You, about a bookstore manager, played by Penn, who becomes obsessed with an emerging female writer, played by Elizabeth Lail.
A third series if due out later this year.
Penn has worked on other critically acclaimed work since Gossip Girl ended. He won an Independent Spirit Award for 2011 thriller Margin Call, and was nominated for a Saturn Award prize for his performance in You, which Penn has received wide critical praise for.
IGN wrote of his performance in You that Penn as "doing some of his best, most unhinged work in the series. His charming nature and playful face are the perfect, twisted mask for the “Nice Guy With Control Issues” lurking underneath."
More recently he starred in an independent film with Billy Crystal and Tiffany Haddish called Here Today, about an elderly man with dementia. Released in spring 2021, it got mixed reviews.
Penn has also been the lead singer in an indie band since 2016. They're called MOTHXR and have released one album.
Speaking to Indie Wire in 2019, Penn reflected on being a part of two cult TV hits. "I didn’t anticipate being a part of two sort of a, dare I say, cultural phenomenon," he said. "You know what I mean? Like, I really didn’t anticipate that."